Let Everything Come to Light
Dr. Seuss wrote a wonderful book of wisdom called The Waiting Place which reflects on waiting and the insights gathered therein. The process of beatification begins in just such a place: waiting—typically for five years although that can be waived in some circumstances and has been for two truly people in our lifetime (Mother Teresa of Calcutta and John Paul II). The point of waiting is to let everything come to light - to not rush into assigning the lofty title of “Friend of God” in a random or haphazard way. Waiting allows all facts to surface.
After this waiting period (all or some if waived), the Holy See is petitioned to get the process underway. If there are no objections which could come from a few different sources like the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, the person is deemed a “Servant of God” in the bigger sense of the phrase - think Mother Teresa of Calcutta or John Paul II for proper context.